The city of New Port Richey, Florida is located on the Gulf of Mexico. This suburban city is in the west of Pasco County and forms part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The downtown sector of the city has the Pithlachascotee River running through it on its course to the Gulf of Mexico, just a few miles away; and both the downtown area and its Main Street have restored historical buildings, all making the city a very pretty and unique environment in which to live. Additionally, those moving to New Port Richey can look forward to a gentle climate, with mild winters and hot summers.
Being a part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, the economy of New Port Richey relies greatly on tourism for a large proportion of its income. The area is also a major producer of citrus products.
As a vibrant city which is redeveloping and growing at a fast pace, New Port Richey has low unemployment figures of 4.4 oercent and a cost of living index at 93.13 percent, which is lower than the United States average of 100.
In the 1880s a certain Captain Aaron Richey came from Missouri to the area which is the present day Port Richey and New Port Richey and established a settlement called Hickory Hammock. In 1911 the Port Richey Land Company changed this name to New Port Richey, which was then incorporated as a city in 1924.
Great beaches and a wonderful climate lure tourists to New Port Richey year round. Excellent shopping facilities and hotels, restaurants and bars add to the holiday atmosphere. The cultural side of life is well catered to with a host of historical sites to be explored and the bigger and brighter lights of Tampa are not far away.
The Chasco Fiesta celebrating the heritage of Native Americans is an exciting 11 day event which takes place along the banks of the Pithlachascotee River in the downtown area of the city. It features an authentic pow-wow, a boat parade and floats with food and music and should not be missed.